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Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

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AGENCY:

Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION:

Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel ADAMANT.

SUMMARY:

As authorized by Pub. L. 105-383, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a description of the proposed service, is listed below. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines that in accordance with Pub. L. 105-383 and MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR part 388 (65 FR 6905; February 11, 2000) that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels, a waiver will not be granted.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before January 25, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-11192. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://dmses.dot.gov/​submit/​. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://dms.dot.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathleen Dunn, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR-832 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-2307.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title V of Pub. L. 105-383 provides authority to the Secretary of Transportation to administratively waive the U.S.-build requirements of the Jones Act, and other statutes, for small commercial passenger vessels (no more than 12 passengers). This authority has been delegated to the Maritime Administration per 49 CFR § 1.66, Delegations to the Maritime Administrator, as amended. By this notice, MARAD is publishing information on a vessel for which a request for a U.S.-build waiver has been received, and for which MARAD requests comments from interested parties. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter's interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD'S regulations at 46 CFR part 388.

Vessel Proposed for Waiver of the U.S.-build Requirement

(1) Name of vessel and owner for which waiver is requested.

Name of vessel: ADAMANT. Owner: Marco Basich.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length 32' LOA; Beam 12'; Tonnage 18 tons (net tonnage 15 tons; LBO 7.3)”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Vessel has been in bare-boat charter (time-share lease program) since going into the water in February, 1987. Application is for purpose of changing use to captained charter of small passenger vessel or uninspected passenger vessel.” “Coastal and inland waters of Washington State * * *”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1986. Place of construction: Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Start Printed Page 66494

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “This vessel has been continuously involved in a bare-boat charter program since 1987. My request is to simply add captaining (and potentially additional crew) for up to 12 passengers, which should provide no adverse impact on boat chartering industry. Size of vessel dictates day trips and weekly charters which will not adversely affect commuter ferry or cruise ship industries.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “This waiver should have no impact on US shipyards. Production on this vessel ceased in Taiwan an estimated ten years ago. The vessel will continue to be operated for charter in the same waters, with the addition of including the owner as a licensed captain.”

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Dated: December 19, 2001.

By order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-31638 Filed 12-21-01; 8:45 am]

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